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Book Review: Premediation: Affect and Mediality after 9/11 Richard Grusin Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 Iisbn 978-0-23-024252-4

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Carlos Barreneche

University of Westminster, UK
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Premediation: Affect and Mediality After 9/11 is primarily an account of the American media experience of the 2001 terrorist attacks and the subsequent military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. Richard Grusin situates his analysis in the United States sociopolitical context during the Bush administration years. The book begins by precisely analyzing the different ways in which the significance of this media event has been elaborated, taking on arguments from Baudrillard, Zizek, and David Simpson. The main criticism Grusin raises against these accounts is that by focusing on the event's spectacular dimension and its derealization effects they exclude 'the materiality or agency of mediation' (19), as well as its historic specificity

How to Cite: Barreneche, C., (2011). Book Review: Premediation: Affect and Mediality after 9/11 Richard Grusin Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 Iisbn 978-0-23-024252-4. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. 8(2), pp.185–188. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.191
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Published on 01 Oct 2011.

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